Producers & Hosts

Ashlyn Noble is a recent graduate of the biology program at the University of Winnipeg. In addition to the Winnipeg Skeptics, she spends her free time singing in the Rainbow Harmony Project, participating in the Society for Creative Anachronism and wasting far too much time on the Internet. Her favourite topics include alt-med, anti-vaccination, and the battles being waged against each.
Gem Newman is the founder of the Winnipeg Skeptics. He sits on the board of directors and the steering committee for Bad Science Watch. He graduated with distinction from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Computer Science, specialising in artificial intelligence, and is currently lead developer at a Manitoba software company. Gem blogs at Startled Disbelief and at the Winnipeg Skeptics blog. As you might imagine, he is also a bit of a nerd.
Greg Christensen is an amateur skeptic and science enthusiast. In his spare time is an avid poker player and enjoys movies and music. In summer, camping and outdoor activities dominate his weekends. Greg grew up on a farm in Manitoba. He has moved around Canada for various career opportunities, but always found himself returning home eventually. He was happy to find thriving local groups of humanists, atheists, skeptics, and agnostics in Manitoba, and has been an active member of both the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba ever since. Greg currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Donna Harris works behind the scenes in Human Resources. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Manitoba, writes book reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press, and helms the Manitoba Humanist newsletter in her meager spare time. A life-long science nerd as well as a non-believer, her activism was only engaged after attending the James Randi Educational Foundation’s Amaz!ng Meeting 4. She is the current president of the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba, and is happy to call herself humanist, atheist, and skeptic.

Regular Contributors

Ian James is one of the newest members of LUEE team, and taking the role of musical director thrills him down to his non-existent soul. Ian is a musical instrument salesperson by day and a musician by night. When not watching Breaking Bad he busies himself with writing and arranging the musical cues for the podcast. Ian has been an atheist since his early teens and looks forward to qualifying for the title of skeptic and scientist very soon. Metal!
Laura Creek Newman is a registered dietitian in Winnipeg who has a passion for everything involving food and nutrition. Her favourite skeptical topics are health, wellness, and the latest “miracle foods”. She is an active member of the Winnipeg Skeptics with a particular interest in building community ties through volunteering events.
Richelle McCullough is a medical student living in Calgary, but hails originally from Winnipeg. She will be graduating from the University of Manitoba in the spring of 2012 with a Masters of Science in Physiology. Her thesis is on nutritional interventions for the prevention of artery plaques, and she has numerous publications examining the effects of dietary fats on the development of heart disease. An outspoken advocate for lifestyle interventions within the scope of science-based medicine, Richelle’s favourite topic is to debunk complementary and alternative medicine. She is an active member of the Winnipeg Skeptics despite the distance, and in her spare time writes for Skeptic North and the science-based health website Better Health.
Mark Forkheim is a computer technician with a B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba and a lifelong love of learning. A strong atheist and a member of the Winnipeg Skeptics, Mark is devoted to battling bad science and to keeping things reality based.
Scott Carnegie is a television and media producer with an interest in science and critical thinking. A former radio DJ, Scott spent a good portion of his adulthood as a convert to Mormonism and today considers himself an atheist. He is foremost a parent to 4 kids and feels a particular need to instill an understanding of skepticism in the next generation. He is a member of the Winnipeg Skeptics and occasional contributor to their blog.

Past Contributors

Robert Shindler is the former Executive Producer of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, and the original catalyst behind the show. Despite being a mindless public servant drone, he is addicted to learning and believes that knowledge is key to improving the world around us. He’s an unapologetic atheist, perpetual skeptic, and part-time science enthusiast. Originally hailing from Alberta, Rob is a active member of the Winnipeg Skeptics.
Leslie Saunders is a country girl and science cheerleader. When she’s not playing in the dirt she enjoys curling, crafting, and music. She also has a special place in her heart for charities involving children and tries to spend as much time as she can with her two nieces and the rest of her family.
Laura Targownik is a professional gastroenterologist and health services researcher, but maintains amateur status in the skeptical world. She is the mother of three small children, and is married to a somewhat larger child. You may think yourself very clever, but she has already heard your colonoscopy joke, and will be mildly amused at best. She is most interested in discussing how to improve the public’s understanding of medical issues, better living through statistics, and in improving resources for skeptical families. That being said, she is always game for intellectual jousting of all sorts…
Jeff Olsson was an Anglican priest for ten years before he left the ministry. He loves to write about topics that examine the fringes between science and religion. He is father to two beautiful daughters, a husband who loves his wife and an educator who thinks life long learning is the key to happiness. Jeff tells it like he sees it and loves to hear the opinion of others. He is a former president of the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba and calls himself an atheist.

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  1. [...] A podcast called “Life, The Universe and Everything Else,” a program put on by the Winnipeg Skeptics association, has turned its sights on Thrive. I spent the morning listening to the podcast, and I recommend it very highly. You can play it from your computer here. The host of the show is Gem Newman (founder of Winnipeg Skeptics, computer science expert), and the guests include Gary Barbon, Mark Forkheim, Robert Shindler, Richelle McCullough and Greg Christiansen. You can see information on who these people are, and what their backgrounds are, here. [...]

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